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Costas Charalambous of GMC unanimously voted to ISS Board of Directors to fill board vacancy

March 04, 2015

The ISS (International Superyacht Society) is delighted to announce that in an unanimous vote during its Annual Miami Board Meeting, the ISS Board of Directors selected Costas Charalambous of Global Marine Communications (GMC) to fill a two-of-three year term vacancy.  Per its Bylaws, any Board vacancy is filled by the balance of the remaining Members of the Board. The appointed person holds the office for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor.

ISS Board Director Costas Charalambous GMC

ISS Board Director Costas Charalambous of GMC

Charalambous has been a long time ISS member, was recently on the 2015 Ballot and has positioned GMC as a perennial ISS Sponsor, mostly notably of its Annual Membership Mixer during METS.

Costas Charalambous—GMC

Born in Cyprus in 1969, Costas Charalambous moved to the UK in 1974 where he went to school, finishing in 1987 at Sir George Monoux College; he then worked as an IT Manager for an event and production company until returning to Cyprus in 1992.

From 1992 until 2006, he worked in several IT related positions until joining Servicesat, a company providing Internet via satellite for land users, as a Pre-Sales Engineer where in his first six months, he was awarded a prize by HughesNet for exceeding their sales targets for the entire year.

In June 2007, Costas was promoted to Sales Manager at newly formed Global Marine Communications (GMC), a company formed to provide internet via satellite for moving vessels.  Excelling in all aspects of operations, sales and promotion, Costas is now GMC Director.

Costas has visited many of the superyacht industry’s boats shows including Dubai, Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, Ft. Lauderdale, Hainan, Antigua and many more, including conferences in Europe and America. More, he has arranged the provision of Wi-Fi internet services to exhibitors, clients and SYBAss members at the Antibes, Dubai, and Ft. Lauderdale shows. Costas is a people-person and looks forward to implementing ISS’s Objectives in Sustainability & Excellence in the yachting industry.

Video of Hargrave 100 RPH motor yacht PERFECT HARMONY

March 04, 2015

Hargrave 100′ Raised Pilothouse motor yacht Perfect Harmony is a beautiful 30-metre vessel, delivered by Hargrave Custom Yachts in 2009. Superyacht Perfect Harmony boasts elegant interiors by Shelley Dicondina, comfortably sleeping up to 8 guests in 4 lovely cabins. Below is a video showing this beauty, while making her way from the popular Fort Lauderdale yacht charter destination to the Atlantic Ocean. The video was made by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2015 marked by Sunny Days and Serious Buyers

March 03, 2015

This year’s 27th annual Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, the premier in-water luxury yacht show in the glamorous Florida yacht charter location – Miami, came to an end on President’s Day, following five days of beautiful South Florida weather. Thousands of people from all over the world enjoyed the amazing display of boats and marine products, comprising more than 500 new and brokerage yachts as well as a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories, valued at more than $1 billion. In addition to breath-taking displays, the event also offered floating cocktail lounges, food and live musical entertainment.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2015

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2015

Overall, show attendance and the total number of boats on display were up two percent each over 2014. Attendance figures for the free, open-to-the-public event are based on concession sales. The largest increase over 2014 was the number of yachts on display in the 105-foot to 150-foot segment, which was up approximately 20 percent.

“We saw growth in several areas at this year’s show,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, the company that co-owns and manages the show.  “Many exhibitors reported significant sales over the five days of the show and expect to close additional contracts in the following weeks. As an industry, we believe that we will continue to see a rise in attendance and new exhibitor displays as the economy continues to improve and luxury condominium projects with marinas are developed and pre-sold in South Florida.”

Azimut Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

Azimut Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

Due to growing demand to display boats larger than 150 feet, Show Management will open an additional location for the 2016 Yacht & Brokerage Show at the new marina project on Watson Island, called Island Gardens Deep Harbour, across from the Perez Art Museum with views of the downtown Miami skyline. When completed, the new superyacht marina will be able to accommodate an average of 50 yachts from 80 to 550 feet in length, the largest collection of slips for yachts of this size in North America.

Flagstone Island Gardens, LLC, developers of Island Gardens Deep Harbour, had a booth at this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show that drew a large amount of interest from show-goers.

Hargrave Custom Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

Hargrave Custom Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

“This year’s show seemed to draw more qualified attendees than in past years, many who were eager to learn more about our project and our plans for participation in next year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show,” said Flagstone Property Group President of Communications and Branding Bahar Bayraktar. “The show was a good experience as always, with plenty of foot traffic.”

The Yacht & Brokerage Show’s original location on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach will remain as a show site for 2016 and beyond, and will not be affected by the Miami International Boat Show’s move to Virginia Key on Key Biscayne. The Miami International Boat Show, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the Yacht & Brokerage Show, produced by Show Management in cooperation with the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, are completely independent boat shows that annually occur on the same weekend.

Hatteras Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

Hatteras Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

The executive director of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Ann Vernon, noted positive feedback about this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show from the organization’s members. “There were definitely sales happening during the show. We noticed one brokerage boat near our display that had six offers on it,” she said. “The quality of visitors was also noteworthy. Brokers felt that there were serious buyers at this year’s show.”

Another strong indicator of a successful show was notable gains in related hotel room nights. According to the show’s official travel partner, BoatShowHotels.com, room nights saw an increase of more than 22 percent this year. Room night revenues saw an increase of more than 27 percent with revenues totaling more than $2 million at this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show, up from $1.6 million in 2014. The average length of stay per guest room was four nights.

Viking Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

Viking Yachts at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

“We were very pleased with results this year, as we expanded the number of hotels and hotel rooms available to exhibitors and attendees of the Yacht & Brokerage Show,” said Todd Delmay, president and CEO of BoatShowHotels.com. “Miami has enjoyed steady growth of hotel offerings and an improving economy has increased hotel rates and occupancy.”

Covering more than 1.2 million square feet of space, The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach spanned more than a mile-long strip of the Indian Creek Waterway from 41st Street to 52nd Street, across from landmark hotels such as the Fountainebleau and Eden Roc.

 

Video: Sunseeker motor yacht TAKE 5 leaving Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2015

March 03, 2015

Launched by the well known British shipyard Sunseeker in 2011, motor yacht Take 5 is a striking 112-foot vessel, representing a perfect blend of contemporary styling with a sophisticated use of space. Below is a video showing superyacht Take 5, while leaving this year’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, which was hosted by the fantastic Florida yacht charter destination – Miami last month. The video has been published by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Video of Ferretti 800 Yacht after sunset in Miami

February 27, 2015

Built by the well known Italian shipyard Ferretti Yachts, motor yacht Ferretti 800 is a striking 25-metre vessel, mixing up innovation with a classical-contemporary design. Ferretti 800 yacht has been beautifully designed by architect Gianni Zuccon from Studio Zuccon International Project and Ferretti Group’s AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology. Below is a video showing Ferretti 800, while passing through after sunset in the fabulous Florida yacht holiday location – Miami. The video has been published by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Video: Viking 82 Convertible Sportfish motor yacht MUSTANG SALLY

February 26, 2015

Built by the US shipyard Viking Yacht Company, motor yacht Mustang Sally is a magnificent Viking 82 Convertible Sportfish vessel, launched in 2009. Designed by Aileen Rodriguez, the beautiful and elegant interiors of superyacht Mustang Sally can comfortably sleep up to 8 guests. Below is a video showing Mustang Sally underway, released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Video: Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible Yacht SCOOTER

February 26, 2015

Viking Yacht Company has released an amazing video below, presenting their flagship, the lovely Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible yacht Scooter, a made in America, revolutionary design, where advanced engineering and style combine with excellent performance and tournament prowess. An inspiring expression of Viking’s exemplary craftsmanship, the 92 Convertible motor yacht Scooter represents a definitive benchmark in the storied history of this prominent US shipyard. 

Since 1964 Viking has followed an unyielding mantra to build a better boat every day. This commitment to focus on challenging themselves to design and build the best has led them to lead the industry with the world’s most eminently regarded fleet of luxurious, blue-water convertible sportfishing yachts. As a family owned and operated business, their resolve is deeply rooted within their skilled and talented workforce, their dealer network, and most importantly all of their Viking yacht owners who share their quest.

Video: 185’ Delta Marine motor yacht MY SEANNA (ex NEWVIDA, Gallant Lady) underway

February 25, 2015

Motor yacht MY SEANNA (ex NEWVIDA, Gallant Lady) is a beautiful 185-foot vessel, originally launched by Delta Marine in 2002. Superyacht MY SEANNA went through an extensive interior and exterior re-build by Rybovich Shipyard in 2013/14. She has been extended from 48,77m (160’) to 56,40m (185’) in length and the all-new swim platform and beach club were created. Below is a video showing this striking vessel, while returning to the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale. The video has been made by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Video: Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Sport Motor Yacht FA LA ME leaving Miami Boat Show 2015

February 25, 2015

Luxury motor yacht FA LA ME is a lovely Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Sport fisherman, launched by the well known US shipyard Viking in 2012. Below is a video showing the Viking Sportfish yacht FA LA ME as she leaves this year’s Miami Boat Show, which was hosted by the fantastic Florida yacht charter destination – Miami earlier this month. The video has been published by ‘ZipZapPower’.

New Outer Reef 86’ Deluxbridge motor yacht Hull no. 2016 under construction

February 25, 2015

Following a huge success of the Outer Reef Yachts 86’ Classic Series, the all-new full beam 86’ Deluxbridge motor yacht Hull no. 2016 is presently in build at the Outer Reef Yachts shipyard. New Outer Reef 86’ Deluxbridge superyacht Hull no. 2016 is scheduled for delivery to her new owner’s port of choice in September 2015.

New Outer Reef 86 Deluxbridge motor yacht Hull no. 2016

New Outer Reef 86 Deluxbridge motor yacht Hull no. 2016

The optional upgrades include 1140hp CAT C-18’s, 55hp hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, Trac Zero Speed stabilizers, twin 38KW Northern Lights gens, a very extensive electronics & AV system plus a custom décor package. Her layout will feature 4 spacious owner & guest cabins, plus 2 crew cabins aft with heads, lounge and galley.

New Outer Reef 86’ Deluxbridge luxury yacht Hull no. 2016 is available with potential changes to décor and layout for a discerning purchaser. This is an exclusive opportunity to own a spectacular yacht which will be treasured by family and friends. Substantial discounts will be available for limited boat show use, convenient to an owner’s cruising plans.